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Salmon farming in crisis: 'We are seeing a chemical arms race in the seas' | Environment | The Guardian
As a result of the lice infestations, the global price of salmon has soared, and world production fallen. Earlier this year freedom of information [FoI] requests of the Scottish government showed that 45 lochs had been badly polluted by the antibiotics and pesticides used to control lice – and that more and more toxic chemicals were being used.
antibiotic  antibiotics  pesticides  pollution  Food–industrial  complex  Intensive  Farming  Agriculture  Industry  Salmon  over  fishing  public  health  aquaculture  Cowspiracy  unsustainable  ecosystem  ecology 
april 2017 by asterisk2a
The trap of materialism - YouTube
Consumerism! The more we consume, the better our lifes will be. ... Keeping up with the jonses. [...] the true cost of an item is not the price. as long as carbon, pollution is not priced in. thus the carbon tax and pollution tax (ecological and environmental). [...] WALL E is true. leaving a planet full of junk. and pollution, inhospitable environment. [...] post-capitalism = post-consumerism in age of abundance and marginal cost (energy, water, food). [...] a man's life does not lie in the abundance of his possessions. and be fearful of greed << Bible [...] consumerism does not equal to tue individuality or individualism of a human being among many. its a choice you can pick from and define yourself in public with it ie which color your iPhone has or what case for it [ min 8 Adam Smith; let flourish self-interested selfish economic interest through consumption = growth ] [...] shopping as experience. shopping as a way of life. self-medication. coping mechanism in the rat race.
consumerism  materialism  inequality  Greed  Gini  coefficient  Super  Rich  1%  plutocracy  oligarchy  capitalism  post-capitalism  zombie  consumer  GDP  nominal  GDP  targeting  credit  credit  card  debt  household  debt  consumer  debt  status  symbol  status  anxiety  socioeconomic  status  social  status  class  warfare  carbon  tax  carbonfootprint  carbon  trading  scheme  carbonemission  COP21  ecosystem  ecological  disaster  environmental  disaster  poverty  income  distribution  global  warming  climate  change  climate  crisis  economic  damage  economic  history  resource  depletion  finite  resources  Spiritual  spirituality  Mindfulness  happiness  index  well  being  mental  health  Religion  Wertegesellschaft  Gesellschaft  Wegwerfgesellschaft  society  sociology  psychology  rat  race  coping  mechanism  substance  abuse  self-medication  chronic  stress  American  Dream  marketing  advertisement  advertising  advertisement  targeting  advertisement  re-targeting  Big  Data  mass  culture  Popular  PR  spin  doctor  exploitation  self-regulation  Wall  Street  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  Protection 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Britain's water crisis | Nick Davies | Environment | The Guardian
The immediate cause of the early drying out at the source of the Ouse was simply that there was not enough water in the underground aquifer on which it feeds. But that turns out to be part of something bigger. In March 2013, the local branch of the Environment Agency reported that, depending on conditions, there are now years when they can extract water from the Ouse on no more than 94 days. For the rest of the year, abstractors can use water that has been stored during the wet months in the big reservoir at Ardingly, and they can pump up water through boreholes sunk into the underground aquifers. This in turn reduces the amount of water that bubbles up into the river and its tributaries. The Environment Agency has stopped issuing new abstraction licences for the river. Meanwhile, during the summer months, nearly half of what we like to describe as a river is, in fact, recycled waste water and sewage. [...] [south-east and south] “serious water stress”
water  scarcity  water  supply  water  security  drinking  water  water  rights  Aquifer  water  pollution  pollution  waste  UK  infrastructure  investment  sustainability  sustainable  food  industry  Meat  Dairy  Egg  Milk  drought  extreme  weather  weather  extreme  jet  stream  climate  change  global  warming  weather  system  pesticide  herbicide  fungicide  industrial  agriculture  agriculture  industry  mono  agriculture  agriculture  policy  agriculture  Farming  Livestock  public  awareness  public  perception  public  discourse  public  debate  ecosystem  ecological  disaster  environmental  disaster  recycling  food  waste  economic  damage  Generationengerechtigkeit  fairness  babyboomers  Justice  Law  &  Justice  resource  depletion  Millennials  generationy 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Zumper: One-Third Of San Francisco’s Rent Is Attributable To VC Funding | TechCrunch
[capital efficiency?] // the other 1/4th is bidding up via credit bubble riches, diversification. other 2/4ths from planning restriction and natural biz cycle of sv //&! http://www.thebolditalic.com/articles/7266-an-open-letter-to-anyone-moving-to-san-francisco-for-a-tech-job - For context, people are right to be angry; shit is certainly fucked up. Since 2010, rents have risen by 40%, and eviction rates have risen by 38%—two rapid changes that have had very visual consequences all across the city. Much of SoMa, for instance, looks like an elephant graveyard. Sidewalks look like the surface of the moon; alleys are littered with broken glass; and streets are strewn with sleeping persons and human shit. All of this can be observed from in the shade of the brand-new office buildings and luxury condos that now line the streets everywhere east of 4th Street. [...] those who move to San Francisco and don’t engage with the community dilute and adulterate San Francisco’s sense of character.
San  Francisco  Venture  Capital  cost  of  living  cost  of  entry  standard  of  living  city  living  burn  rate  New  York  Start-Up  Scene  London  Scene  runway  Networking  Network  economies  of  agglomeration  ecosystem  community  gentrification  Gentrified  speculative  bubbles  property  bubble  credit  bubble  BRIC  QE  ZIRP  hunt  for  yield  FOMO  NIRP  centralbanks  asset  allocation  alternative  investment  allocation 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
How Legal Immigration Failed Silicon Valley | TechCrunch
Our immigration system hinders entrepreneurship, innovation and productivity. Success in the tech industry, where whole new job categories are created overnight, requires deep familiarity with trends, products and technologies. Learning opportunities abound — if you’re willing to transition to new roles, educate yourself, work on different products or switch companies altogether. Building your own startup, or even joining one, can be the best career move; it offers remarkable potential for growth by wearing multiple hats in an expanding organization. The labor market benefits from this flexibility not just with an improved and adaptable workforce, but also one that creates jobs. The immigration process impedes all these possibilities. [...] [ reset process when switching companies ] [...] And that’s not even the worst part. If you get laid off, you must leave the country. Immediately. [...] Try telling your VC you spent $25,000 of their $1 million funding on immigration fees
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Five years, building a culture, and handing it off. - Laughing Meme
Nothing we know [ about X ] should be assumed to be true. // Technology is the product of the culture that builds it. // If you want to build for the long term, the only guarantee is change. Invest in your people and your ability to ask questions, not your current answers. Your current answers are wrong, or they will be soon. // Software development should be thought of as a cycle of continual learning and improvement rather a progression from start to finish, or a search for correctness. If you aren’t shipping, you aren’t learning. If it slows down shipping, it probably isn’t worth it. Maturity is knowing when to make the trade off and when not to. // You build a culture of learning by optimizing globally not locally. Your improvement, over time, as a team, with shared tools, practices and beliefs is more important than individual pockets of brilliance. And more satisfying. [ anti-Rock Star dev philosophy ] [ book by Red Hat CEO Open Organization ]
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Pando: In the Valley, pre-seed is a meme. In New York, it’s a necessity
// cost of entry? // unable to make it happen? // Can't you write software from anywhere? // problem, heavily diluted early on approaching A/B, traditional shops don't like the cap table of pre-seed, angels, seed, accelerator & Micro VC's already owning ~+40% ... you come to a traditional A/B shop and not one of the existing investors is actually leading the round or committed in paper do double down? // // from a financial perspective/investment/math --- in the PRIVATE MARKET thrown under the bus by NIRP, QE, hunt for yield and FOMO (looking for their female unicorn or own Zuck) everyone can run 100 burger stands with unlimited/stellar returns in their spreadsheet model (bc cost of capital being 0 or negative). Despite the deflation of price of software & hosting (marginal cost, economics of abundance), Talent got bid up heavily (+200k/y in LA by Snapchat) in certain cities (SV, NY, London) // &! Steen Jakobsen - youtu.be/fnp5ETnKylU - min 16 avg guy does not have access to credit!
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Why Europe Hates US Internet Giants In Six Charts | Monday Note
But when it comes to the digital revolution, European structures, mentality and inward-looking conservatism played against the innovation thrust.
Europe  Start-Up  Scene  Berlin  Start-Up  Scene  Failure  R&D  University  ecosystem  STEM  risk  aversion  stigma  Germany  culture  Silicon  Valley 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
#TOA Interview with Fred Wilson & Brad Burnham of Union Square Ventures - YouTube
mi 32 - lack of adoption of SV model: no politics, execution, results driven, value creation, accepting Failure as outcome (culture of Stigma in EU and Germany) // min 36 - oh hi there world - buy into the company! a partner, strategic joint venture. shared economic interest, own platform by publishers! // miss-allocation of capital ! // hard things about hard things - Pivot, layoff vs running out of money not finding product/market fit & traction // early on its only hunch & gut based. // #TOA15: ¨Are the Germans Unable to Disrupt?¨ with Christoph Keese (Axel Springer SE) - youtu.be/YyuJmAtZQis - its abt value creation, value add, redesigning of value, chains, product, data. Big corps cant disrupt itself. especially not by committee. Legacy companies unlikely 2 survive bc of patterns 2 stick 2 the conventional & fail than fail with unconventional & look like a fool (risk aversion, Failure in the public eye). Book "Silicon Valley: Was aus dem mächtigsten Tal der Welt auf uns zukommt"
Europe  Start-Up  Scene  Berlin  Start-Up  Scene  Failure  incrementalism  incremental  value  creation  added  value  Core  Product  Proposition  intangible  value  Mittelstand  SME  SMB  Proposition  Venture  Capital  oh  hi  there  world  Fred  Wilson  London  Scene  Wall  Street  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  book  ecosystem  distortion  asset  allocation  Germany  Europe  industrial  policy  Revolution  2.0  STEM  3D  printing  Software  Is  Eating  The  automation  automotive  Big  Data  Robotics  business  consumer  disrupting  markets  disruption  creative  destruction  Pivot  Product/Market  Fit  traction  self-awareness  MVP  Minimal  Viable  Product  Lean  Start-Up  timing  Internet  Privacy  Privacy 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
#TOA15 Interview with Amit Karp, Ciaran O’Leary, Felix Petersen and Robin Wauters - YouTube
Very connected, fluid, enabled by infrastructure & networking. &! youtu.be/JvQaHXGgeYQ // &! youtu.be/7s6C4OJ04Rc - #TOA15 Interview with Christoph Keese (Axel Springer) - Germany good at incrementalism. A to B. Industry not willing to disrupt itself, give away existing shrinking pie - for bigger pie. unwilling to break up and upwards (value add) existing products/processes/value chain (legacy) for better. << Axel Springer digital ventures (VC arm). &! #TOA15: ¨Are the Germans Unable to Disrupt?¨ with Christoph Keese (Axel Springer SE) - youtu.be/YyuJmAtZQis --- its about value creation, value add, redesigning of value, chains, product, data, ... big corps can't disrupt itself. especially not by committee. Legacy companies unlikely to survive because of pattern to stick to the conventional and fail, than fail with unconventional and look like a fool. (risk aversion, Failure in the public eye) -- book -- "Silicon Valley: Was aus dem mächtigsten Tal der Welt auf uns zukommt"
Berlin  Start-Up  Scene  ecosystem  Venture  Capital  Europe  Start-Up  Scene  London  Scene  Germany  Mittelstand  SME  SMB  incrementalism  incremental  disruption  creative  destruction  Blue  Ocean  innovator  innovation  competitive  competition  competitiveness  competitive  advantage  BMW  FinTech  autonomous  car  self-driving  cars  Exportweltmeister  Audi  Manufacturing  Industrial  Revolution  2.0  policy  STEM  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  Robotics  automation  Platform  Marketplace  Big  Data  book  added  value  value  creation  banking  Core  Product  Proposition  Proposition  intangible  value  cost  of  ownership  Industry  Tesla  Motors  Apple  Google  Inc.  Alphabet  Inc.  Silicon  Valley  Start-Up  advice  Start-Up  lesson  outsider  economic  history  Wall  Street  short-term  view  short-term  thinking  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  commodity  business  commoditization  Failure  culture  stigma  3D  printing  Siemens  SAP  automotive 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Everything You Need To Know About iOS 9’s New Content Blockers | TechCrunch
Ben Thompson: Apple Enables Ad-Blockers - http://exponent.fm/episode-048-an-exhausting-week/ --- is apple nudging content providers to point people to the native app?! as mobile web gets better!? and bandwidth and coverage better!? --- under the cover of Privacy and user experience! --- with the exception of its own ad-network iAD, sure. // what a move. // &! The adblocking revolution is months away (with iOS 9) – with trouble for advertisers, publishers and Google - bit.ly/1UfXjsT &! bit.ly/1MxoHge // &! Apple, has made Content Blocking “official”, ad-supported publishing business models are in trouble. [...] [PAGEVIEWS as business model] Too many sites are just echo chambers, they rewrite news releases, add strong adjectives and adverbs, and a bit of spin. [news is free, analysis and perspective not] - bit.ly/1Fe6u0D //&! tcrn.ch/1UCagrA - Begun, The Mobile Ad-Blocking Wars Have [...] increasing bloatware of online advertising. &! tcrn.ch/1O0VcoI << ad business model not working!!!
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Survivors | Bothsides of the Table
Failure. To most people it smells. People are afraid of it. It’s like cancer or divorce. When you have it you find you who your true friends are because they’re the ones who double down on helping, on being available, on listening, on understanding. Most people run from failure or disease because they’re hard to handle. Hard to know how to deal with. Awkward. But I am attracted to those who have had severe set-backs in life because it tells you something about the mettle of the person with whom you’re dealing. It reminds me of a famous quote in one of my favorite novel’s “Damage” by Josephine Hart “Damaged people are dangerous. They know they can survive.” [...] closed up shop at the very first hurdle. I wouldn’t work with him again. [...] Honor is what I’m looking for. How you failed is significantly more important than if you failed. [play the long-game = relationships, trust, network [ character, live life 4 ur eulogy, not CV, not bank account - nyr.kr/1J5Y13X & bit.ly/1KrTfPT ]
Failure  entrepreneurship  Hustle  culture  Berlin  Start-Up  Scene  life  hacker  life  lesson  philosophy  adversity  pattern  matching  pattern  recognition  bias  confirmation  bias  Venture  Capital  selection  bias  perseverance  of  You  career  advice  career  ladder  courage  character  book  Start-Up  advice  Start-Up  lesson  entrepreneur  long-term  Networking  Gary  Vaynerchuk  ecosystem  community 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Don’t Be Apple | TechCrunch
[ pendulums swing ] Put another way, Apple may be more benevolent than Amazon, Facebook, Google, or Microsoft — but it is also more dictatorial than any of those. Benevolent dictators are wonderful until suddenly they aren’t. You may trust Apple not to abuse the power it wields (and if you think that power is trivial or meaningless, consider just how much of our lives are orchestrated by and through our pocket supercomputers nowadays, and how they could be used against us.) Heck, despite my criticisms, I trust today’s Apple not to abuse that power. But I would vastly prefer that they didn’t have it at all — or that they at least gave users the option to sever the tether to Cupertino. “Trust, but verify,” as Ronald Reagan once said. [...] It may seem silly to criticize a fantastic company that makes superb products and delights its users on the basis of an abstract philosophical dispute. ...
Apple  Platform  TOS  EULA  trust  trustagent  distrust  Internet  Privacy  Privacy  Trend  iOS  Android  Apple  App  Store  App  Store  proprietary  software  Open  Source  Google  Positioning  aspirational  product  marketing  ecosystem 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Pando: Michael Malone: We cost the valley probably ten billion dollars, but we saved a lot of lives
Earlier today, at the Intel Capital Global Summit, Pando's Sarah Lacy sat down with author Michael Malone to talk about his latest book, The Intel Trinity. - https://vimeo.com/111053618 - "ability to remake yourself" - improbable in Germany with stigma of Failure and fear of failure and laws that put you in if you fail. culture. reinforcement and support. // as IPO approaches (and post-IPO), company and culture changes, people start to work for a raise. // Valley isn't kept honest because of poor reporting, people not digging, companies coming out with guns (litigation) if they don't like the PR they did not send out. 'you are either inside the walls or ouside the walls' // pando and theinformation are currently only current non-cheersquad outlet. that is not contributing the HypeCyle or not re-phrasing press releases. // telling the truth - vs - trade-business press (TechCrunch and Co)
economic  history  Silicon  Valley  ecosystem  corporate  law  Failure  Intel  technological  history 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Everything you think you know about the economy of the Internet is dead wrong - Quartz
Business-to-business digital commerce is ten times the size of the business-to-consumer space, according to the UN Commission on Trade and Development’s “Information Economy Report 2015.” Seventy-five percent of the economic value of the digital economy goes to traditional bricks and mortar businesses and not Internet companies. This is true worldwide, not just in developed economies. [...] [ ICT only employs 3% of labour market in Europe ] [ SME, SMB, Mittelstand critical for economies, not conglomerates and multinationals ] [ all the while the global digital economy is flat indeed ] [ Services have become big item number in GDP terms, and largest employer in # - 45% while non-services 23% ]
e-commerce  SAAS  B2B  consumer  product  digital  economy  pure  play  brick  and  mortar  business  ICT  OECD  economic  growth  trickle-down  economics  tax  evasion  tax  avoidance  SME  SMB  Mittelstand  shared  economic  interest  ecosystem  flat  world  globalization  globalisation  global  trade  borderless  outsourcing  Policy  Makers  error  folly 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Access To Startup Skills Threatened By U.K. Visa Review | TechCrunch
[ unable to move fast, execute fast ] Startups of course rely on filling vacancies by bringing skills from abroad — given it may be the only way to obtain relevant expertise when you’re working in such nascent areas. [...] According to the MAC’s call for evidence, the proposed changes being considered by the government include some potentially radical measures — such as: significantly raising the salary threshold; restricting which job roles are eligible; and removing the right for dependents of visa holders to be able to work in the U.K. [ salaries threshold, NHS already cried out loud foul as many foreign nurses would have to leave it threshold would be set at about 34-35 minumum earnings. ] [...] “The majority don’t… and several of the respondents said it’s already too complicated and expensive for us to go through that process,” he notes. [...] “populist politics” could pose a threat the U.K.’s digital economy [... quality of life in London less than in other US cities ...]
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Hawaii Bans Non-Compete and Non-Solicit Clauses in High-Tech Employment | Hacker News
A really good book to read on the subject is AnnaLee Saxenian's Regional Advantage: Culture and Competition in Silicon Valley and Route 128 (http://www.amazon.com/Regional-Advantage-Culture-Competition...). It discusses why Route 128 failed while Silicon Valley flourished. A major part is that under California law, non-competes are not enforceable in California. As people moved freely between competing companies, their ideas, information, and best practices traveled with them. The diffusion of good ideas gave the region as a whole a competitive edge.
Silicon  Valley  ecosystem  competitive  advantage  competitiveness  competitive  barriers  to  entry  cost  of  entry  economic  history  creative  destruction 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Northerners ‘£2,300 worse off’ than rest of UK
“These figures show the Northern Powerhouse has a long way to go before people in the North feel the benefit of a stronger regional economy,” said Luke Raikes, research fellow at IPPR North. He added that the region would be unable to escape historic under performance of its economy without a “step change in policy.” [...] “The North should pursue growth and prosperity built on higher wages, more jobs and stronger productivity – not simply try to catch up to London and the South East, where the type of economic growth they’ve experienced has created high levels of inequality and left many behind. “The Northern Powerhouse will be meaningless for the people who live and work in the North unless the economic growth it generates reaches their pockets.”
Manchester  Nothern  Powerhouse  UK  disposable  income  discretionary  spending  industrial  policy  ecosystem  economies  of  agglomeration  urbanisation  urban  planning  Westminster  London  London  Start-up  Scene 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Android: Künftig monatliche Updates wegen Stagefright - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Der Grund für den Unterschied: Apple kann Software-Updates direkt an die Nutzer seiner Geräte verteilen, Google ist auf die Handyhersteller angewiesen. Diese müssen Updates an das jeweilige Gerät anpassen und testen, was meist länger dauert. Das Resultat: Obwohl Zimperium die Sicherheitslücke schon im April an Google gemeldet, Google ein Update entwickelt und an die Hersteller geschickt hat, hatte laut der Wirtschaftszeitung "Forbes" bis Ende Juli hat noch kein einziger Hardware-Hersteller die Sicherheitslücke geschlossen.
iOS  ecosystem  Android  fragmentation  Google  IT  Security  exploit  Apple  philosophy  architecture  Open  Source 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Global economic growth to slow, NIESR predicts - BBC News
'Domestic risk' While NIESR was generally upbeat about the UK economy, it believed that weak productivity would remain a challenge. Simon Kirby, an economist at the institute, said: "It's the major domestic risk." NIESR expects inflation to remain about zero until the end of the year due to low oil prices and the strong pound, but that it will return to the Bank of England's target of about 2% a year by 2017. The think-tank expects the Bank of England to finally raise interest rates in February next year. Economists polled by Reuters last month mostly expect the Bank to raise rates in the first quarter of 2016.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Bürodesign: Office Snapshots zeigt Arbeitsplätze weltweit - SPIEGEL ONLINE
bit.ly/1MHRiQT officesnapshots.com // designed by designers VS designed & input by employees (see Joel Spolsky comment abt what office programmers & every employee would like (input and accommodating their needs! the individual(s) & the team(s) & the companies) // &! Google Startup Lab workshop: Workspace design youtu.be/j0wM_NIXUYY // &! Robert Grudin youtu.be/9XInkz_XcEo Design & Truth "Good design is the material image of mental health. Design can reintegrate our character & fulfill our awareness. We follow good design to discover what is good in ourselves." // &! Design Rules - Interior Planning youtu.be/kdh08cVW8Os // &! Frank Wilczek "A Beautiful Question: Finding Nature's Deep Design" youtu.be/q_1ApbLzJAg // << inspo: melting the company, the people, and the outside (city) into a somewhat identifiable always re-refreshing concept, identity, recognizable, regionally sourced! & adding value 2 local economy: make space 2 provide ~15% subsidized freelance/smb office space.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Creative young Brits are quitting London for affordable Berlin | World news | The Guardian
More and more burnt-out Londoners are embracing the laid-back cool – and much lower cost of living – of the German capital [...] Her decision to leave London was mainly a financial one. “I was working seven days a week and paying £800 for a shared flat in Lewisham. We kept moving further and further into south-east London, until I felt I needed to leave entirely. I’m part of a big exodus; I know many people who have moved from east London to south-east London and then to Berlin. [...] Agora is one of many “co-working hubs” that have sprung up in the city, created for the ever-growing startup community (by 2020 an estimated 100,000 jobs are set to be generated by Berlin startups). Agora is one of many expat bubbles, catering to the ever-growing number of digital nomads. [...] I was just exhausted all the time. You go home to your expensive flat, but end up just sleeping in it, and then go back to work. There’s just more time here.” [...] In London, its office work, bars, sleep, repeat.
Manchester  Europe  Start-Up  Scene  ecosystem  Berlin  Start-Up  Scene  London  Scene  affordable  housing  quality  of  life  noise  pollution  air  pollution  well  being  happiness  index  chronic  stress  housing  market  social  housing  UK  living-standard  living  environment  standard  of  living  city  living  urbanisation  work  environment  4-day  work  week  6-hour  work  day  Start-Up  advice  barriers  to  entry  cost  of  living  cost  of  entry  Start-Up  lesson  San  Francisco  bootstraped  bootstrapping  bootstrapped  Silicon  Valley  New  York  Start-Up  Scene  Los  Angeles  Start-Up  Scene  Palo  Alto  Mountain  View 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
ProSiebenSat.1 und Axel Springer: Doch keine Fusion - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Die Medienkonzerne Axel Springer und ProSiebenSat.1 werden doch nicht fusionieren. Es soll zwar eine Zusammenarbeit bei digitalen Start-ups geben - darüber hinaus ist Firmenangaben zufolge aber keine weitere Kooperation geplant. [...] Digitale Geschäftsideen und Start-ups wollten die beiden Unternehmen künftig aber gemeinsam fördern, teilten sie am Mittwoch in Berlin und München mit. Man wolle gemeinsam in Unternehmen und Fonds investieren, bestehende Förderprogramme vernetzen und neuen Unternehmen Werbemöglichkeiten gegen Firmenbeteiligungen zur Verfügung stellen. [ Institutional Venture Capital investment in start-ups for help with advertising, branding, communications etc. ]
Berlin  Start-Up  Scene  Axel  Springer  ProSiebenSat.1  media  conglomerate  ecosystem  Venture  Capital 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Scottish fantasy sport firm FanDuel plans expansion - BBC News
>> London Expensive, Silicon Valley (SF, Mountain View, Palo Alto), NY prohibitively expensive to run a start-up out of solely. The next best cities are probably, in UK; Glasgow and Manchester. Edinburgh still more expensive than both and commuting is for most unavoidable. Keep in mind, (1) UK wide housing shortage - lowest rate of new builds over decades, and (2) also quality of life/health lower in noisy polluted over crowded London with the long commute, and (3) Aberdeen is 2nd most expensive city of UK, bc Oil drove up the prices.
FanDuel  London  Start-up  Scene  Edinburgh  Silicon  Valley  cost  of  living  cost  of  entry  barriers  to  entry  Venture  Capital  ecosystem  Berlin  Scene  Manchester  UK  lesson  advice  quality  of  life  noise  pollution  air  pollution  commuting 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC’s Peter Salmon: ‘Where do you want me to be? Milton Keynes?’ | Media | The Guardian
The increasing unaffordability of the capital is a boon for the BBC’s non-London outposts, Salmon says: “You can develop a career here and be on a starter salary, say £20-25,000, you could probably get a foot on the property ladder or rent in a decent part of town. Live the dream and live out in Derbyshire and travel in, or get a little flat in Manchester. A lot of younger people starting out who can’t afford London any more look to Salford and Media City. We really benefit from the negative side of London’s growth.”
Manchester  UK  London  BBC  British  Broadcasting  Company  cost  of  living  London  Start-up  Scene  affordable  housing  social  housing  cost  of  entry  barriers  to  entry  ecosystem 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Cities for Tomorrow 2015 - The Next Silicon Valley - YouTube
SV had intrinsic motivation and drive of counter culture. Berlin & Co. do not have that. Wannabes, copycats, lawyers (Samwer Brothers). // Need next to capital and talent also cheerleaders. // Ability to Fail publicly! Problem in Germany and Europe. Socially and by law. Disastrous bankruptcy laws depending on company formation. // &! expensive cities! cost of living. prohibitive! burn rate thus runway shorter, more pressure on all to meet milestones before money runs out. companies die because of such, not enough time to find the magic formula. &! mercenary culture in hiring engineering, switching after 2 years.
Silicon  Valley  London  Start-up  Scene  Berlin  Scene  Israel  ecosystem  counter  culture  economic  history  technological  history  Failure  Germany  society  Gesellschaft  burn  rate  runway  war  for  talent  cost  of  living  lesson  advice  Fred  Wilson 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
The Vergecast with Walt Mossberg and Lauren Goode - YouTube
14:30 - Apple always waits and plays to its strengths (exploitation) and plays the long-game. Not quarterly earnings. // iPhone hockey stick came with opening up the platform (the iPhone) with an App Store (mass market & long-tail) after 1 year after first release. // 17:30 Apple Music 21:20 human curation? tastemakers? // 43:00 Google might lose control of Android. See forks; Cyanogen, China (Xiaomi), FirePhone
Apple  Wall  Street  Silicon  Valley  aspirational  product  differentiate  differentiation  ecosystem  Platform  TOS  Apple  Music 
june 2015 by asterisk2a
Intel Capital’s Lisa Lambert on the firm’s new $125 million Diversity Fund | PandoDaily
The plan is to invest in what we think is representative of the global society. All the data points to more diversity in our country and across the globe. As these communites have more influence and more purchasing power, they should be involved in the development of products that are going to serve the market they represent. We think it is good business. Designing products and investing in companies that Intel can partner with that serve these communities. [...] But also, from a practical standpoint, if you look at the venture capital community as a whole, it is pretty homogenous in terms of demographic breakdown. I think a lot of them aren’t sourcing these diverse deals because they don’t have access to those networks and have those communities. [...] I think the perception that there wouldn’t be deal flow, and what we found is that that is most definitely not true. [...] It’s not the pure tech, hard tech company that you’d expect Intel to invest in, but Intel is branching out.
Venture  Capital  Silicon  Valley  Female  Founders  Women  in  Tech  diversity  minority  ecosystem 
june 2015 by asterisk2a
Sacca: Bad Deals Are Being Done in Silicon Valley - Bloomberg Business
min 3 - normal people have been prices out of SV, SF, Palo Alto and around the region. sw engineers with entitelment and very little compassion. // bloom.bg/1I8NCAM &! bloom.bg/1Hzb5za &! bloom.bg/1BaVBji &! bloom.bg/1Fd2zQf (Amazon, Fb, Google, eBay, all had cash flow during its growth past IPO, Twitter ops too expensive compared to scale, living beyond its means. does not need to invest in warehouses (Amazon) nor data centers (Google)) // &! bloom.bg/1e8mFGd &! bloom.bg/1L2Accs &! bloom.bg/1INBZ7N &! bloom.bg/1TgmWqi &! http://lowercasecapital.com/2015/06/03/what-twitter-can-be-2/ &! http://lowercasecapital.com/2015/05/21/i-bleed-aqua/ - Sarah Lacy from pando argues, he bleeds green - pando.com/2015/06/11/the-icahn-was-coming-from-inside-the-house-why-dick-costolos-ouster-changes-the-valley/ &! pando.com/2015/06/12/im-more-similar-to-elon-the-5-silliest-things-chris-sacca-said-yesterday/
Chris  Sacca  Silicon  Valley  ecosystem  Twitter  runway  burn  rate  cash  flow  business  model  San  Francisco  Palo  Alto  hunt  for  yield  distortion  growth  round  SPV  Hedge  Fund  Mutual  Fund  late-stage  funding  Private  Market  Private  Equity  ZIRP  NIRP  QE  cash-is-king  Bill  Gurley  Unicorn  Hype  Cycle  inflation  Venture  Capital  Micro  VC  Angel  Investor  war  for  talent 
june 2015 by asterisk2a
Apple Music: Neuer Streamingdienst verschlägt der Konkurrenz die Sprache - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Es kommt wie erwartet, und doch ist die Branche in Aufruhr: Bei der Entwicklerkonferenz WWDC hat Apple seinen neuen Streamingdienst Apple Music angekündigt. Umfang und Art des Angebots dürften der Konkurrenz das Leben schwer machen. [...] Apple muss damit nicht reich werden Allerdings sind die Ausgangspunkte sehr unterschiedlich. Bei einem Umsatz von 1,3 Milliarden Dollar machte Spotify im vergangenen Jahr 197 Millionen Euro Verlust. Mit dem Geldverdienen klappt es also nicht einmal beim Marktführer so richtig. Und trotzdem wird das schwedische Unternehmen mit acht Milliarden Dollar bewertet. Für Apple aber ist es viel einfacher: Der kalifornische Konzern muss mit seinem Angebot gar kein Geld verdienen. Der iTunes Store und der App Store dienen in erster Linie dazu, Kunden an Apples Plattformen zu binden und damit den Verkauf der viel profitableren Apple-Hardware anzukurbeln. Genauso ist es auch mit Apple Music.
Apple  Music  Apple  Spotify  Tidal  Pandora  Rdio  Deezer  Platdorm  Silo  aspirational  product  Branding  Brand  iTunes  Apple  App  Store  ecosystem  marginal  cost  margin  cash  cow  business  model  multi-product  company  freemium  subscription  model  commodity  business  commoditization  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  Google  Play  Amazon  Netflix  differentiate  differentiation 
june 2015 by asterisk2a
The Backyard Effect: Finding The Secret Sauce For Growing An Entrepreneurial Ecosystem | TechCrunch
It may take some time to uncover, but every region has a secret sauce. I call it the Backyard Effect. It’s when a region embraces and connects its unique assets to foster startup success. // [ Berlin; natural growth better with some hands-off subsidies? Instead of heavy state subsidies that raise all, even the losers and not so good ... noise in the system. also reform in Germany; bankruptcy law/insolvency law and formation of start-ups (choice of business entity form - see US Delaware C corp - without the incentive and loopholes to avoid taxes) ]
economies  of  scale  economies  of  agglomeration  microeconomies  microeconomic  policy  Berlin  Start-Up  Scene  Silicon  Valley  Silicon  Alley  New  York  Start-Up  Scene  ecosystem  meritocracy  meritocratic 
june 2015 by asterisk2a
Thoughts on Microsoft acquiring Berlin's 6Wunderkinder
[5x] Second of all, the purchase price range reported by the WSJ is very broad. There’s a world of difference between selling a company that has raised around $25 million in capital for $100 million or for $200 million – for the founders and its financial backers, no matter what stage they’ve invested in. [...] I agree with people who said this is a great deal for the early investors, the company’s founders, and the Berlin startup ecosystem in general. There’s absolutely no question that it is. At the same time, I can’t help but think 6Wunderkinder could (should?) have been bigger and bolder. [It is and will not be a unicorn, duh, if it were it would have shown. probably traction, m/m growth (incl churn) did taper off below double digit space while everything else stayed the same.] // My Q. from the posted cap table; It seems employees do not get a piece of the cake. Didnt get equity when they joined? Same 4 Rocket Internet, ppl got offered 2buy before IPO, everyone said no thanku.
6Wunderkinder  Wunderlist  Microsoft  Berlin  Start-Up  Scene  ecosystem  SAAS  subscription  model  freemium  termsheet  dilution  liquidation  preferences  Rocket  Internet  IPO 
june 2015 by asterisk2a
Berlin And Tel Aviv Should Work Better Together | TechCrunch
There are a lot of startups in Israel that have an immense potential, while Berlin is full of venture capital looking for deal-flow. So why are there almost no European investors in success stories like Meerkat? Why do barely any Israeli startups consider European money? And looking at investors actively looking for deal-flow in Israel, where is Berlin’s Early Bird, Point Nine Capital, Atlantic Capital? Where are the London-based VCs that are most active in Berlin like Index Ventures or Accel Partners? At the same time the Berlin investor community is eagerly looking for deal-flow as far away as Silicon Valley, when amazing companies are built just in front of our European noses. Israel is just three-and-a-half hours away. It’s as close to Berlin as Spain, and certainly much closer than America. From the perspective of a Berlin founder who got to know the Tel Aviv tech community, something here doesn’t make sense.
Berlin  Start-Up  Scene  ecosystem  Europe  Start-Up  Scene  London  Scene 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
Working hard or hardly working: Why everyone may be their own mini business in the future | PandoDaily
// He goes on to describe a world where anyone remotely comfortable with information technology has a 10x advantage over every one else. He went further, arguing we’ll see more and more $1 billion-plus companies built by four or five people. That’s something the venture world certainly doesn’t believe– nor do entrepreneurs as evidenced by current escalating burn rates. // https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIXx617xVMo
economies  of  scale  economies  of  agglomeration  Industrial  Revolution  2.0  Start-up  self-employment  contractor  contract  Zero  Hour  Future  of  Work  Mobile  Creatives  Mobile  Creative  microVC  microEntrepreneur  labour  market  labour  economics  knowledge  worker  knowledge  economy  productivity  Share  1099  urbanisation  urban  planning  long-tail  Silicon  Valley  ecosystem  Apple  App  Store  Google  Play  Newsfeed 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
Daniel Priestley on High Performance Environments. - YouTube
nurture over nature // hire A players from who you can learn! // accelerated learning, sharing, helping, ... // &! Is Your Peer Group Holding You Back? - Thought Of The Week - youtu.be/cJF3Q87jV9s "average of 5 people you surround yourself with"
career  advice  environment  work  environment  living  environment  Silicon  Valley  ecosystem  personal  development  workplace  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  HR  human  resources  business  management  team  management  network  effect  Networking  Berlin  Start-Up  Scene  Success  London  Scene  accelerated  learning  culture  failure  society  peer  pressure  peer  group  accountability 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
Startup Tips From Serial Entrepreneur Loic Le Meur | Revolution Season 3 | BrianSolisTV - YouTube
protectionism = not sharing and NDA's and being secretive. // MVP & Product-Market/Fit times execution is everything! And being flexible, learn and apply as you walk. You business plan and 3 year projections are worth nothing, contribute nothing. Lean, evidence based start-up !!! evidence based, traction, feedback loop, ... // ecosystem = walked the walk, thus I can talk and teach and advice. EU has not lots of walkers.
Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  wantrepreneur  entrepreneurship  ecosystem  Berlin  Start-Up  Scene  London  Scene  Europe  Start-Up  Scene  culture  society  failure 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
Bank of England says UK economy to grow by 2.5% in 2015 - BBC News
Mr Carney warned of "underlying weakness" as the Bank gave a gloomier picture for productivity growth. The Bank revised down its productivity forecast because it sees a disproportionate number of new jobs as low-skilled and low-output. Productivity growth is now expected to improve only modestly in the coming year before remaining below past average rates. 'Underinvestment' "Today's report should leave nobody in any doubt about the fundamental role of productivity growth in the UK economy's performance," said Aberdeen Asset Management chief economist Lucy O'Carroll. "The Bank of England has downgraded its growth outlook, and Mark Carney has put poor productivity right at the centre of the story. "He may have put part of the productivity disappointment of recent years down to a disproportionate pick-up in low-productivity jobs, but he has also admitted that underinvestment has played a role." [...] [+ EU&Global (China) headwinds] = in no rush to raise interest rates. &! bbc.in/1RIb9Ah
productivity  UK  job  creation  labour  market  labour  economics  Niedriglohn  Niedriglohnsektor  Services  Industry  service  industrial  policy  structural  imbalance  Impediments  output  gap  recovery  working  poor  squeezed  middle  class  USA  precarious  work  Precariat  self-employment  contractor  Zero  Hour  Contract  outsourcing  borderless  flat  world  globalisation  globalization  competitiveness  competitive  competition  Manufacturing  Career  Politicians  short-term  thinking  short-term  view  economic  history  GFC  dot.com  productive  investment  hunt  for  yield  asset  allocation  ZIRP  NIRP  QE  unintended  consequences  speculative  bubbles  speculative  speculation  ecosystem  education  policy  vocational  education  continual  education  underemployed  employability  long-term  unemployment  structural  unemployment  Revolution  2.0  entrepreneurial  entrepreneurship  Start-up  SME  SMB  Mittelstand  Software  Is  Eating  The  Share  Economy  service  Sector  Jobs  2015  sociology  trust  advice  psychology  anxiety  secular  stagnation  deflationary  digital  knowledge  sharing  shadow  1099  Economy  New  Economy  Venture  Capital  wantrepreneur  Year  of  Code  practical  skills  practical  skill  set  of  economics  of  apprenticesh 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
Naval Ravikant to VCs: “You can lie to your LPs, but don’t lie to yourselves” | PandoDaily
“There was so much innovation being thrown around—moveable carry, geographic portfolio, unbundling and more. Many were coming up to me later saying the ideas were flying at them too fast. That’s exactly what’s happening in the market.” Even if you don’t know what those terms mean, the important takeaway is that even the stodgiest VCs are going to have to start acting more like the entrepreneurs they serve because the market is only getting more competitive with the ways to fund becoming far more varied and “hackable.” [and add Corporate Accelerators, Incubators and Venture Funds] [...] restrictions LPs put on funds: things like how much you can invest, what percentage of a fund you can invest in follow on rounds of existing companies, what sector you invest in, whether you can invest personally if the fund invests as a group, etc.
Venture  Capital  angel-list  Seed  Round  Angel  Investor  SPV  Private  Equity  IPO  growth  Sand  Hill  Road  Silicon  Valley  500  Start-ups  Rocket  Internet  ycombinator  Accelerator  TechStars  Seed  Camp  Incubator  niche  vertical  Secondary  Market  a16z  s23p  hunt  for  yield  distortion  Signal  vs.  Noise  wantrepreneur  economics  of  abundance  abundance  marginal  cost  MicroVC  Party  Round  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  ecosystem 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
You Need To Be A Billion Just To Make A Million | TechCrunch
[ especially consumer apps being hit driven business, already, that can go out of fashion as quickly as they came, might be a flash in a pan like Secret & work only on the SV/SF ] Competition in the Valley has started reaching a new peak, with candidates demanding all kinds of accoutrements just to change jobs. But it’s not just recruiting that has become more challenging. Sales, marketing, public relations — essentially every task that a startup has to do is just more difficult today given this cutthroat environment. The only way to respond to the higher threshold has been to raise ever more capital, and earlier as well. We now have the rise of the “instant unicorn” that can raise hundreds of millions of capital in just the first months of a company’s existence. That means companies are already worth billions, before they may have made their first million dollars in revenue or gotten their first million users. That’s the new normal, and founders have to be ready to adapt.
Silicon  Valley  San  Francisco  barriers  to  entry  distortion  NIRP  ZIRP  QE  A  Round  Seed  Round  Angel  Investor  hunt  for  yield  Private  Market  competitive  advantage  ecosystem  burn  rate  runway  MVP  Product/Market  Fit  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  unintended  consequences  bubble  speculative  bubbles  speculative  speculation  Venture  Capital  Private  Equity  growth  growth  hacking  growth  hacker  structural  imbalance  Impediments  creative  destruction  Unicorn  competitiveness  competition  competitive  Signal  vs.  Noise  allocation  attention  span  New  York  Start-Up  Scene  Silicon  Alley  HR  human  resources 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
Why Silicon Valley Will Continue to Rule — Backchannel — Medium
“You can’t really understand what is going on now without understanding what came before.” Steve Jobs is explaining why, as a young man, he spent so much time with the Silicon Valley entrepreneurs a generation older, men like Robert Noyce, Andy Grove, and Regis McKenna. [...] He who lives to see two or three generations is like a man who sits some time in the conjurer’s booth at a fair, and witnesses the performance twice or thrice in succession. The tricks were meant to be seen only once, and when they are no longer a novelty and cease to deceive, their effect is gone. History, Jobs understood, gave him a chance to see — and see through — the conjurer’s tricks before they happened to him, so he would know how to handle them. [...] To invent the future, you must understand the past. [...] the Valley’s past matters today and that the lessons of history can take innovation further.
Silicon  Valley  Berlin  Start-Up  Scene  ecosystem  history  Europe  Start-Up  Scene  entrepreneur  entrepreneurial  entrepreneurship  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
The Facebook Effect (On Real Estate Prices) | TechCrunch
The Wall Street Journal had a story on this yesterday: space is so tight that tech companies are paying north of $90 a square foot in Mountain View. Those are Manhattan skyscraper prices for 1980s-era suburban office parks. It is like running the entire industry on the physical equivalent of MS-DOS. You can either scale the physical infrastructure of the region or you can move the jobs. I favor doing both, but it seems obvious that the world is on an inexorable path towards mass urbanization and that the type of creative and collaborative work done in the industry today favors density. The younger generation in tech understands that in a knowledge-based economy, the value of what is created in Silicon Valley both economically and culturally is in the network. It depends upon who we can bring and include here — not in physical assets like a piece of land or a home. [...] elastic housing supply is supportive of economic growth, especially urban/metropolitan areas of dense eco activity
Silicon  Valley  Berlin  Start-Up  Scene  Network  Networking  ecosystem  synergy  economic  history  London  London  Scene  economics  housing  market  urban  planning  urbanisation  San  Francisco  Berlin  gentrification  Gentrified  social  housing  affordable  housing 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
The Micro VC Shakeout | TechCrunch
NIRP, QE, hunt for yield and FOMO (on Silicon Valley) created the conditions for people from SV and around, to create a small fund! Period. mass of micro vcs, seed funds, accelerators and angels is a symptom. // people become fearless, ... warren buffet saying 'Be Fearful When Others Are Greedy and Greedy When Others Are Fearful' // VCs and Private Equity, for growth rounds, stab each other in the back to be in into the next Unicorn's growth round << Greedy
Venture  Capital  hunt  for  yield  barriers  to  entry  complexity  unintended  consequences  speculative  bubbles  asset  bubble  equity  bubble  bond  bubble  debt  bubble  NIRP  ZIRP  QE  asset  allocation  ecosystem  FOMO  Angel  Investor  Seed  Round  Accelerator  distortion  Unicorn  growth  Private  SPV  Wall  Street  bubble 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
Churchill Club: Max Levchin and Sarah Lacy - YouTube
1:01:50 - need ecosystem; universities, seed and angels, experience, exits, support system w experience, fall back companies (publicly traded) where failed entrepreneurs can get a job within some months - and not per se an acquire - but european economic free labour movement should enable that - to move for a new job after failure to get work in london paris amsterdam or stockholm etc etc, culture, society, infrastructure, // will take 2-3 further decades // 2015 SV got +30 years of experience, to do technology start-ups.
ecosystem  Silicon  Valley  Berlin  Start-Up  Scene  London  Scene  Europe  Start-Up  Scene 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
Bayern: McKinsey sieht bis zu 40 Prozent der Jobs bedroht - SPIEGEL ONLINE
40 Prozent der Jobs im Freistaat befinden sich demnach in einer "Gefährdungszone". Der Grund: Sie seien von den Folgen der Digitalisierung und weiteren Strukturbrüchen betroffen. Eine der Kernthesen der Untersuchung lautet, dass die klassischen volkswirtschaftlichen Parameter, in denen Bayern gut abschneidet (etwa Bruttoinlandsprodukt, Produktivität, Arbeitslosenquote), nur bedingt als Zukunftsindikatoren geeignet seien. Sie würden "lediglich den Erfolg der Vergangenheit bewerten", so McKinsey. In dem Bericht werden deshalb andere Kennzahlen herangezogen: Stabilität (u.a. Einkommensverteilung), Innovation (u.a. Bildungsqualität und Start-up-Quote), Diversität (Integrationsindex, Bildungsmobiliät), Internetzugang, Nachhaltigkeit (Gesundheits- und Vorsorgequalität, Ressourcenproduktivität). // Economic Indicators are about the past! Period. Wall Street cottage industry of economic forecasters.
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april 2015 by asterisk2a
[PreMoney MIAMI] 500 Startups, Dave McClure "4 Years of Moneyball - What Have We Learned" - YouTube
Angel Investors/Seed and maybe even A Round is about jumping on and doubling down on companies that do well, others don't know about. It's information arbitrage. Wall Street Services Cottage Industry aka Economic Forecaster and Stock Pickers make their money with supposed information arbitrage. But it's just a cottage industry. ... Where Seed/Angel Investors do hustle, network, keep things private, sharing of non-public information with their best buddy and co-investor. // min 34 talks about Silicon Valley Ecosystem. (1) Optimism and Believe. German culture about fear of failure does not support it well in public. (2) supporting structures (3) capital at every stage.
500  Start-ups  Dave  McClure  Seed  Round  Venture  Capital  information  arbitrage  Private  Market  incomplete  information  Silicon  Valley  Angel  Investor  angel-list  Hustle  Networking  Berlin  Start-Up  Scene  culture  society  Germany  failure  Leistungsdruck  ecosystem  London  Scene  Europe  Start-Up  Scene 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
Startup UCLA: Fireside Chat with Jeff Jordan, Andreessen Horowitz - YouTube
13min value prop of a16z || min19 tenacious, going big, VC is hit driven business || min24 even those that are successes, there have been failures internally, a shit show, near death experiences || min29:50 SV ecosystem; capital, deep talent pool (network, experience, motoring, hand holding, guiding, supporting), support services (legal, banking), own gravity due to scale (attracts best). All 4 points support companies to scale and break through walls. + Brutal Talent Wars within SV for engineering talent. Scene needs some few hits (Berlin, London) and things could roll and grow by themselves. // min 39 - Consumer is hit driven business, more failures. While enterprise has higher hit rate and lower averages. // min 45 in current market, cant afford to go slow because of copy cats & opportunists & market slush with capital for proven ideas || min53 !!! >>> 'need to be an effective seller, not a sales person per se' to get capital, to get best employees, customers,
a16z  Venture  Capital  scaling  value  creation  Proposition  added  value  intangible  value  differentiate  differentiation  Ben  Horowitz  Marc  Andreessen  ecosystem  Silicon  Valley  war  for  talent  war-for-talent  Top  London  Start-up  Scene  Berlin  Scene  Manchester  Amsterdam  lesson  advice 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
A deep dive into the Amsterdam tech startup ecosystem
Startup Amsterdam: can the Dutch capital catch up to Europe’s top startup hubs, London and Berlin? // [...] For one, I have learned that there’s a lack of serial entrepreneurs pumping cash and knowledge back into the local ecosystem in the form of angel investments and consistent mentoring. I also believe that, while accelerators such as Startupbootcamp, Rockstart and ACE Venture Lab do a fine job of picking and challenging promising young startups, I don’t think they are truly equipped to handle the influx of young local and foreign talent booting up their companies in Amsterdam. [...] There was also agreement in the local community about the fact that growth capital (Series B and beyond) is extremely hard to come by domestically, forcing founders to look for investment elsewhere to scale up. [...] and decidedly one of the key issues in Europe.
Berlin  Start-Up  Scene  Europe  Start-Up  Scene  London  Scene  ecosystem 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
London’s Startups Hit A High Of $682M In VC Funding In Q1 2015 | TechCrunch
In other words, if London is leading tech investment in European startups, Europe still has a very long way to go before getting anywhere close to the size of the U.S. market for tech, both in terms of businesses and those willing to back them. Still, the market has come a long way when you consider that in 2010, London startups raised a mere $101 million.
London  Start-up  Scene  Europe  Scene  Berlin  Scene  Venture  Capital  ecosystem 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
Immigration is about talent, not costs | AeroFS
via https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8687804 << comments. &! Interns get paid in Silicon Valley related to STEM! if qualified and "talented" and "fits." http://www.vox.com/xpress/2014/11/24/7275635/tech-intern-salary &! So interns cost ~6-8k/m @ SF/Palo Alto/Silicon Valley bc of cost of living!? ... in parts. But also bc of war for talent. Very different to Berlin Start-Up Scene (cost of living, talent & skills, competition for it & just starting out - developing ecosystem to support "Start-up Scene").
H-1B  startupvisa  USA  immigration  immigrants  Fachkräftemangel  Silicon  Valley  war  for  talent  Mobile  Creative  Mobile  Creatives  flat  world  globalization  globalisation  growth  round  ecosystem  scaling  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  cost  of  living  Berlin  Start-Up  Scene 
december 2014 by asterisk2a
The Lindy Effect on startup potential by @ASmartBear
The first 90 percent of the code accounts for the first 10 percent of the development time. The remaining 10 percent of the code accounts for the other 90 percent of the development time. — Tom Cargill, Bell Labs [...] The general rule is called the Lindy Effect: For certain non-perishable things (like technology, companies, and ideas), the expected lifespan increases according to the length of its current age. A simple way to rewrite the adage is: However far you are, you can probably double it. [...] So the “startup growth” version of this rule is: You can probably double your size, doing roughly what you did to get to this point, but 10x will require innovation. [ >> Venture Capital / raising money / when and why to raise money / do you need to raise money? >> ] You get 2x by assumption but 10x you have to prove. If you’re in the business of raising money, you actually have to prove.
Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  growth  round  Venture  Capital  Silicon  Valley  ecosystem  Unicorn 
december 2014 by asterisk2a
Virtual Fitting Room Startup Metail Raises Further $12M — Shunning UK VC Money Along The Way | TechCrunch
[Vs as Services and Support/Help/Ops/Network/Expertise, and $$$ 2nd nature] “If you look for the biggest tech and internet related companies that got to AIM or the FTSE 250 in recent years you won’t see traditional VC as a major factor in any of their histories,” adds Adeyoola, citing the examples of ASOS, Abcam, Monitise, Blinkx, and Perform Group. This, he says, contrasts with a “perceived phenomenon” driven by the mindshare VCs have over marketing, PR and events. [...] “The VCs I have liked, who think strategically about the world, have operational contacts and mentorship capabilities, have all come from Scandinavia, west coast USA and the Far East. You need to go where the smart money is and I’ve managed to deliver a big stratetgic investor in TAL Group from Hong Kong… They buy into our long-term vision, can help the business particularly with reference to garment sizing and our eventual launch into menswear, are in it for the long-term.” & http://tcrn.ch/1rfBC7N
Venture  Capital  Start-Up  advice  Start-Up  lesson  a16z  ecosystem  London  Scene  Berlin  Start-Up  Scene  Silicon  Valley 
october 2014 by asterisk2a
The Downtown Project Suicides: Can the Pursuit of Happiness Kill You? | Re/code
http://www.feld.com/archives/2014/10/founder-suicides.html "I’m saddened by the struggles around The Downtown Vegas Project. I’ve long thought, and continue to think, it’s a really interesting experiment." + http://chrisyeh.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/the-manic-side-of-entrepreneurship.html !+!+! http://pando.com/2014/10/01/sarah-lacy-talks-vegas-downtown-project-on-npr/ + http://knprnews.org/post/tony-hsieh-i-was-never-downtown-projects-leader "no hard decisions were made, no confidence inspired / transpired, etc etc ... media was overwhelmingly/breathless positive and cheerful with very little doubt and questioning. ... if you start a company, you are responsible, can't expect landholding and infinite pay checks etc etc ... it is your responsibility to get to cash flow positive (see their 5 year plan)" + https://gigaom.com/2014/10/02/5-questions-for-tony-hsieh-and-the-downtown-project/
Las  Vegas  Downtown  Project  Tony  Hsieh  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  Berlin  Start-Up  Scene  Leadership  urban  planning  urbanisation  city  living  Las  Vegas  Silicon  Valley  ecosystem  complexity  long-term  thinking  long-term  view  failure  business  failure  subsidies  subsidizing  journalism  journalismus  trust  trustagent  confidence  business  confidence  entrepreneurship  entrepreneur  entrepreneurial  Venture  Capital  Vision  cash  flow  expectations  social  entrepreneurship  capitalism 
october 2014 by asterisk2a
Report: You can startup anywhere, but getting big happens more often in just a few markets | PandoDaily
In these secondary and tertiary markets, there’s also a lack of experienced talent in many specialized fields, like enterprise SaaS sales. During his PandoMonthly fireside chat, Chris Dixon noted that this problem hinders even New York and Los Angeles. In the Bay Area, companies can easily bolt on 50 or 100 employees with relevant experience from the last generation of companies, but elsewhere this option is not available, Dixon explained. It’s hard to overstate the impact that this level of experience and hiring speed can have on a company’s growth trajectory. [...] the data still shows that getting big is much more difficult outside of major startup hubs. While this picture of the national startup scene may be discouraging, it’s really just a reflection of the last 20 plus years of deal making, and innovation, and failure. Today’s successes are earned with yesterday’s blood, sweat, and tears. [...]
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september 2014 by asterisk2a
UK Startups Call On Politicians To Improve Visas, Broadband, Skills, Regulation | TechCrunch
The backers of the Manifesto, include a who’s-who of the UK tech scene including King,TransferWise, SwiftKey, Lovestruck, Funding Circle, MOO, Index Ventures, Balderton Capital, Passion Capital, Techstars London, Seedcamp and Accel Partners.
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september 2014 by asterisk2a
Cultural Realities Of Latin American Entrepreneurship | TechCrunch
// In Latin America, the fundamental cultural impediment to creating a sustainable entrepreneurial ecosystem is lack of individual risk-taking. While this is true at the entrepreneurial level, it is not a crucial element due to other factors compensating – primarily the attraction of the Silicon Valley lifestyle. However, this is not true in the investor layer, and thus a crucial piece of the infrastructure – the post-startup financing – is severely underdeveloped. The cultural factors here are clear: lack of comfort with technology, group decision-making, long decision-making cycles, desire for control and severe discomfort with failure result in an anemic investment community.
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september 2014 by asterisk2a
SherpaVentures raises $154M maiden fund to offer a fresh take to value-added venture | PandoDaily
[ #building blocks, pillars - created out of necessity. ] But despite their influence, there’s limits to the bandwidth that Pishevar and Stanford have to serve their portfolio companies. With this in mind, the pair founded SherpaFoundry as a standalone consultancy alongside SherpaVentures. The advisory and incubation arm is led by a former Johnson & Johnson Tina Sharkey as its CEO. Unlike the portfolio services groups within other top VC firms, the idea at SherpaFoundry isn’t to help startups with marketing, PR, recruiting, or accounting, all services which Stanford points out are readily available in the broader Silicon Valley ecosystem. Rather, this concierge-like group exists entirely to add more abstract but higher impact value through strategy consulting, business development, and out-of-the-box recruiting. SherpaFoundry is separately capitalized will be compensated for its work through a mix of equity and cash. The group may even work with non-SherpaVentures companies.
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july 2014 by asterisk2a
BBC Two - Mind the Gap: London v the Rest
Polarising UK. (1) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_Gateway (Port is a 50 year bet that London and surroundings will thrive further. Keeping Supply chains as tight as possible.) Most great careers are in the City. 58% of jobs need/have graduate qualification. City/London networking economics. Economies of Agglomeration. Proximity fuels productivity. + Connection to the world of business. Once you've attracted good neighbours, it attracts more people and more businesses to be there too. Self-fulfilling, once you reach critical mass, Tipping Point. Cotton Mills in the 19th century were build where the cotton planted. Corporations want to locate parts of their business were the resources are - the talent pool. And for data centres, where cheap energy is. // UK is now a two speed economy. London followed by the other big cities, followed by the rest of UK, rural UK. // There is no formula of success that other cities less prosperous could copy from London. It evolves. Bottom up growth.
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march 2014 by asterisk2a
Report: Polluted farm runoff linked to toxic green algae slime in U.S. waters - The Washington Post
At least one drinking-water provider, Des Moines Water Works, is struggling to clean nitrates from water it supplies to a half-million customers as a result of polluted runoff from farms. a growing toxic danger that threatens human health and has claimed the life of at least one person, more than 20 pets since 2001 and a multitude of marine life.
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september 2013 by asterisk2a
Arktis: Umweltverschmutzung vergiftet Eismöwen - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Bei Seevögeln und anderen Tieren vor allem auf den oberen Stufen der Nahrungskette sammeln sich diese Schadstoffe im Körper an.
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august 2013 by asterisk2a
Scientists discover what’s killing the bees and it’s worse than you thought - Quartz
Colony Collapse Disorder [...] in a first-of-its-kind study published today in the journal PLOS ONE, scientists at the University of Maryland and the US Department of Agriculture have identified a witch’s brew of pesticides and fungicides contaminating pollen that bees collect to feed their hives. The findings break new ground on why large numbers of bees are dying though they do not identify the specific cause of CCD, where an entire beehive dies at once. [...] The pollen was contaminated on average with nine different pesticides and fungicides though scientists discovered 21 agricultural chemicals in one sample. Scientists identified eight ag chemicals associated with increased risk of infection by the parasite. >> http://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0070182
neonicotinoid  lobby  lobbyist  complexity  ecosystem  Monsanto  Europe  unintended  consequences  beekeeping  honeybees  pathogen  organic  agriculture  Lobbying  Honey  Bee  bees  agriculture  industry  herbicide  ecology  monoculture  pesticide  fungicide  Monsanto  Protection  Act  pollution  Colony  Collapse  Disorder  USA  monocrop  USDA  mono  agriculture  ecological  disaster 
july 2013 by asterisk2a
Pottwal aus dem Mittelmeer verendet an Plastikmüll - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Die Todesursache des Pottwals ist für Stephanis ein Beweis dafür, wie drastisch die Folgen der Umweltverschmutzung sind - und dass Müllaufbereitungsanlagen für Plastikabfälle verbessert werden müssen. "Die kleinen und großen Plastikbrocken werden auch von Fischen verschluckt, die später auf unseren Tellern landen", warnte der Wissenschaftler. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Pacific_Garbage_Patch
Great  Pacific  Garbage  Patch  environment  plastic  recycling  ecosystem  pollution 
march 2013 by asterisk2a
Study finds unsafe mercury levels in 84 percent of all fish - CBS News
A new study from the Biodiversity Research Institute in Maine found that 84 percent of fish have unsafe levels of mercury. That poses a health risk for humans, exceeding the guidelines for eating certain kinds of fish more than once a month.

"Many of the tuna fish we eat, for example, swim in the South China Sea, and that's mercury pollution that comes into cans and into our pantries every day,"

The proposed U.N. treaty calls for: filtering mercury emissions out of burning coal; cutting mercury use in gold mining; reducing its use in manufacturing of electronic switches and batteries.
pollution  overfishing  ecosystem  environment  mercury  food  industry  heavy  metal  pollution 
january 2013 by asterisk2a
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